The year 2022 turns out to be very different in terms of home renovations, with rising prices and inflation. This blog is to consider few things to handle this inflation storm, and still invest smart for your home renovations.
Clearly for the same kind of renovation last year, the ticket prices have increased somewhere between 6 to 8%. We all know supply-demand imbalances during Covid and its aftermath is largely to be blamed for this. To maintain a balance prices from a nail to cabinet everything has gone through the roof. In addition to that labor prices are also very high, making profit margins for contractors like us at Kitchen and Bath slimmer and tighter. Here is a good read.
People are still eager for home renovation but definitely the big ticket investment like Kitchen Remodel are causing a sticker shock. Consider few tips when venturing into these projects.
Plan Ahead and be patient
Shortages in labor and materials are annoying but unavoidable fact, make plans much ahead of time and expect lengthy delays. This will give you room to accept multiple bids, ask pertinent question on delays and schedules, ask about surprises and unexpected costs. Make sure you ask questions and references. Also have an itemized contract with pricing f each item.
Time to Barter and DIY
If you have a skill that your contractor can use to lower the prices, is something to think about. Tackling smaller jobs can save money, but it involves learning curve if you are new, make sure you choose wisely your DIY projects.
When shopping for a appliance, see if retailer can offset costs. Ask for freebies like delivery, installation, removal of old appliances, upgrades and extended warranties.
At the end, keeping in mind the present situation we at Kitchen and Bath are a call away and ready to fit to your budget and transform your vision to reality of home renovation. Call us at 973 965 8407.
Kitchen Trends in New Jersey
The trends of 2022, in the post Covid era, We at Kitchen and Bath Livingston, NJ are listing some more trends of 2022. The trends in the Garden State.
Storage Solutions and Eat-Ins
Storage options are always a need, for a house, more so in post covid world. Designs are made, to make use of corners and hidden spaces are created by cabinet makers. Kitchen Islands are multipurpose spaces in the kitchen, they are increasingly used for different purposes.
White for Kitchen
Color white for kitchen, is definitely a rising trend, while its an eternal favorite, it can be accented with pops of color. Two-tone cabinets like white with brown, teal, greens cabinets are also current favorites.
Kitchen Trends - 2022
Countertops a lion’s share of the Kitchen Renovation Budget, 2022 is no different, countertops are a very important functional and aesthetic addition to the kitchen, and the current trend this year is Quartz. Shades of white are most popular. Quartz is relatively economical, durable, stain resistant, and an excellent substitute of a much expensive marble.
New Year, New Kitchen
For the most part of the last two years we are home, we live in the new era of pandemic. It becomes imperative to have a kitchen space that is more functional and serves the need as a meeting place for all those who live in the house.
In 2020, the percentage of homeowners who remodeled their kitchen went up significantly. A survey says Kitchen Renovation went up by 36 percent by the end of the second quarter of 2020. Homeowners are now focusing on home improvement like never before in the recent history. Before you begin your kitchen remodel, it is advisable to look of spaces that need improvement in your current kitchen. to take inventory of the items you don’t have enough storage for now and share those with your kitchen designer.
A vital expansion feature in current times is open floor plan, kitchen with an island which can be used for multiple purpose, eating, working, gathering. Appropriate lighting, sets a mood and function. Good kitchen task lighting, recessed lighting, in-cabinet lighting that is aesthetically appealing and functional. In recent years, a lion’s share is set aside for appliance, they become statement pieces, like a high-end hood or a custom color appliance. While stainless steel appliances are still very popular, there is a growing demand for custom color and mixed metals. The national average cost for a kitchen remodel $25,000, source, HomeAdvisor.com.
We at Kitchen and Bath, can help you make use of the slow winter months, so that by spring you have a swanky new kitchen, call us today @ 973 965 8407
Why Kitchen and Bath?
The first question people ask when remodeling their kitchens is “How much will it cost?”. Whatever the cost, you can expect the best service from us! Whether the task is straightforward or sophisticated, we are experts in the field. You can rely on years of experience and a unique perspective for a kitchen out of your dreams! We have worked a variety of projects in the past, from keeping spaces intact, all the way to complete structural reworks! From our bespoke islands, all the way to our beaded, inset doors of clear alder, personalization is our specialty! Our alliances with the finest stone and alliance vendors make for a fast and resourceful way to help you get the kitchen of your dreams! Not to mention, our free installation and maintenance make your process worry-free! Hand-assembled appliances fitted to a custom-designed owner’s specification of spaces allow for finesse and function all in the same space: custom wood panels can be used to conceal bigger appliances and create uniformity across your kitchen!
Our forte lies in the details. Wood floor finishes, crown moldings, authentic baseboard and casings ensure that we pay the greatest attention to our belief that the kitchen should flow with the style and beauty of the rest of the house, like waves moving in harmony with its ocean. The rich materials and accessories we use not only guarantee that we match the elegance of your home, but insure that soon enough, you will have the kitchen of your dreams!
Home renovations in winter
With winter just around the corner we know usually in the north eastern part of the country, the slow season has set in. But it might be an unusually advantageous time to delve into home renovations, like kitchen, bath and mostly indoor renovations. Winter is a slow season for contractors for holidays and weather in general, so business is slow, as a home owner it might work out to be an ideal time to negotiate time and budget with contractors, it’s a simple demand-supply equation. You can beat the summer/spring rush. Holiday bargains may also reduce some home improvement costs. The holiday season can also provide advantage holiday sales on appliances, big ticket items.
The downside of winter remodeling is it is the holiday season, where people are busy with travel and family reunions, a home improvement in middle of family events are far from ideal. Harsh winter weather can also affect in supply of materials. But with proper planning this limitation can be tackled. Call us today @ 973 965 8407 for your next home improvement project.
Choosing Cabinets for your Kitchen
Are you tired of opening up the same kitchen cabinets, every single day? Although many homeowners love their kitchens, including their kitchen cabinets, there are some who are looking for a change. If you are one of those homeowners, the ones who are looking for a change, you may want to think about remodeling your kitchen, particularly your kitchen cabinets.
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there is a common misconception that is mistakenly believed by many. That misconception is exactly what kitchen remodeling is. Many assume that to remodel a kitchen you need to change everything, from the light fixtures all the way down to the floor tiles. While a large number of homeowners do choose to remodel their whole kitchen, there are others who only choose to remodel small portions of it. Whether you are looking to remodel your whole kitchen all at once, or you are only looking to remodel a part of it, there is a good chance that you may be in the market for new kitchen cabinets; they are one of the most commonly remodeled parts of a kitchen.
Although choosing a new set of kitchen cabinets may seem like a fairly easy task, it is one that you shouldn't make on an impulse. Since you will be stuck with these new kitchen cabinets, at least until you move or decide to remodel again, you will want to make sure that you get your first choice. There are a number of different ways that you can do this. For the best results, you may want to visit your local home improvement store. When visiting one of your local home improvement stores, you should find a collection of kitchen cabinets on display; in fact, you may find a fairly large number of them on display. Viewing each of these kitchen cabinets is a great way to decide which cabinets would look great installed in your kitchen.
In addition to visiting your local home improvement store, you may also want to examine kitchen cabinets online. Although the shipping for kitchen cabinets is often considered quite high, you may be able to find exactly what you were looking for online. It is advised that you find either an online home improvement retailer or an individual who specializes in making their own kitchen cabinets. In fact, if you are looking for a unique set of kitchen cabinets, a set that you cannot find anywhere else, you may be able to order a custom set of kitchen cabinets. The cost may be more than what you intended on paying, but, as previously mentioned, it is important to get what you want, especially when remodeling your kitchen.
When searching for the perfect set of kitchen cabinets, for your next kitchen remodeling project, it is important to keep a number of things in mind. One of those things is what you will be using your kitchen cabinets for. What you are using your kitchen cabinets for may have an impact on what you can and cannot have. For instance, if you will be using your kitchen cabinets to store your food or your dishes, you will need to make sure that you purchase cabinets that can offer you the most space. While decorative kitchen cabinets are nice, they are sometimes limited on the storage space that they have.
In addition to the size of the storage space, it is also important to examine the size of the kitchen cabinet itself. In the United States, most home improvement stores sell kitchen cabinets that are not fully put together, but they are often pre cut to size. It may be possible to change the measurements, but you may find it to be difficult and costly to do so. Although you may be more concerned about the color or design of a kitchen cabinet set, it is important to remember the basics. Even the most beautiful kitchen cabinet set will not do you any good if it cannot be installed in your kitchen.
By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to go out and find the kitchen cabinet set that you were looking for. Once you have found the kitchen cabinet set of
Cats and Dogs are the most common pets, no less than a family member. If you are remodeling your kitchen, incorporating some pet friendly features is an excellent idea. Even if it sounds an overkill but the utilities of these features cannot be ignored. Here are few of them:
Kitchen with pets, the best flooring options are tiles and laminates. It makes your floor scratch resistant. There are now many options in tiles and laminates where the floor looks like and feel like wood.
Pull-out Food and Water Dishes
Pets are most commonly served food in kitchen, having a pull out or hidden option for pet food and serving bowl keep everything very clean. When designing, keep a designated spot to store those by creating a spot exclusively for the bowls.
Pet-friendly Surfaces and Finishes for cabinets
Choose cabinet finish where a paw mark or dirt is easy to clean or needs less cleanup. Avoiding gloss finishes might be one of the considerations.
Key points of Kitchen Renovation
Have you recently made the decision to renovate your New Jersey kitchen? If so, what would you like to have remodeled? There are some homeowners who only choose to have a specific part of their kitchen remodeled, but then there are others who want everything changed.
Whether you want to only improve a small part of your kitchen or if you want a completely different kitchen, there is a good chance that you may be looking for a new kitchen countertop. If so, have you decided on which type of countertop you would like? When it comes to choosing new kitchen countertops, for your kitchen remodeling project, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important things to keep in mind is your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are almost always placed on top of kitchen cabinets or cupboards. If you are looking to remodel your cabinets as well, it may be a good idea to pick out all of your supplies and materials at the same time. This will help to ensure that your new kitchen countertop not only looks nice, but that it also compliments the kitchen cabinets that you will have installed.
Perhaps, the most important thing to keep in mind, when choosing your new kitchen countertops is the cost. Laminate countertops are often considered the most affordable of all countertops. Despite being the most affordable, they are often considered plain. If you are looking to not only change your kitchen around, but improve the appearance of it, you may be looking for something better. A large number of homeowners choose to make their new kitchen countertops out of wood materials or marble. Although it is important to focus on the beauty and overall appearance of a countertop, it is also important to make sure that you can afford it. If you are remodeling your entire kitchen, it may be a good idea to make a list of materials that you will need or wish to have, in addition to a budget. If you mistakenly spend too much money on kitchen countertop materials, you may find it difficult to afford to remodel the rest of your kitchen. While there is a chance that you may already know what type of new kitchen countertop you would like to have installed, there is also a chance that you may not. If this is the case, you are advised to start shopping. Whether you look for kitchen countertop materials online or in one of your local home improvement stores, there is a good chance that you will come across a wide selection of materials, all with different designs and styles. Shopping or at least browsing is one of the best ways to get ideas. In fact, doing your shopping and browsing at the place where you plan on buying your remodeling supplies from is a great way to get price estimates, which are essential when kitchen remodeling is being done on a budget.
Once you have decided which type of materials you would like to use for your kitchen countertops, whether they be a traditional green laminate color or a beautiful marble color, you will need to decide how your kitchen countertop will be installed. If you desire, you can seek assistance from a professional kitchen remodeling expert or a general contractor; however, you may want to do your own countertop installation. With a set of directions, you will find that it is relatively easy to install your own kitchen countertop, even if you do not have any home improvement experience. Many kitchen countertop materials come with directions, but if not, you could easily purchase a how-to book for a relatively affordable price.
Deciding to remodel your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make. The kitchen is where people spend most of their waking hours while at home. It is where they cook, eat, and gather with the family. It is also where they talk and share ideas about the latest trends and fashions. Consequently, it is not surprising that the kitchen would be on the top of the list of home improvement projects. Having an up to date, modern kitchen, allows people not only to function better with new cabinets and appliances, but also enables them to feel that they are indeed living in modern society. Kitchen remodeling however can be a very messy and disruptive home improvement project. And the length of the disruption can take as long as a month or more, even when well planned out. To mitigate the disruption of a kitchen renovation project, planning is absolutely essential. The first item to consider is whether you will do it yourself, or hire a general contractor. Regardless of what route, a homeowner needs to first sketch out some kitchen remodeling ideas to ensure the kitchen design and costs will meet their targeted functional requirements and budget. If a general contractor is to be hired these initial sketches will be helpful in communicating your kitchen remodeling plans and ideas. During the planning phase, the homeowner should identify the main objectives of the future kitchen. They should research the latest products on the market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. If the kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from. For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, as the premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors. For cabinets, the trend appears to be towards lighter colors as they help the appearance of lightning and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, the Stainless Steel look appears to be in. And for flooring, vinyl or wood is the trend. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned for the floor, tile has the tendency to feel cold on the feet. It is also important to consider any structural changes to the existing kitchen area. Is a new kitchen island desired, or will walls or doorways need to be moved or installed? When developing your kitchen remodeling plan, it is important to note that professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new kitchen design. The three points of the triangle include the Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this, as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Also, consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. I would suggest that the walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at the same time. The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting with the general contractor or kitchen designer. Finally, consider where the existing outlets and power for the stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.
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